The latest surge of COVID-19 has been hitting the United States sparking an official rollout of vaccine booster shots that is pending FDA authorization. Dr. Anthony Fauci explains that it’s likely that people will need three doses of the vaccine for full protection. He cited information from two Israeli-based studies which displayed a decrease in infections among people with a third shot.
The decision is ultimately up to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to decide how many doses Americans should get. The agency is considering it because Moderna and Pfizer both applied for FDA authorization for a third dose. The third dose would come six to eight months after getting the second dose.
According to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, the booster shot could begin rolling out as early as September 20. He explains that “Right now, we don’t have that indicator, which is why we’re recommending that not only people get vaccinated across the board — regardless of whether they were infected in the past or not — but also when it comes to getting these extra doses to sustain and extend your protection.”
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